Below, a recap of stories posted yesterday to the Search Engine Watch Blog, along with other items we've spotted but not blogged separately:
Yesterday From The SEW Blog...
Search Patents: May 18, 2006 - Yahoo's Active Abstracts are Calling
Some new patents and patent applications from the last week cover a wide range of search related topics. On Tuesday, I wrote about some possible enhancements to Ask's Binoculars. Yahoo seems to be looking at providing more information on search results pages with smarter snippets, or what they call "active abstracts" that can lead to such things as refined queries or maps or can even allow you to place a phone call. Microsoft comes up with an intermediary query interface which could be used with more than one search engine. IBM and Hitachi both present different ways of looking at...
Specialty Search Roundup #1
Even though Gary Price left SEW Blog a few months ago and is now working at Ask.com, ResourceShelf, the site he compiles and edits with a team of librarians is going strong as an independent resource. As I'm sure you remember, Gary has a strong interest in specialty search tools. One thing (there are many others) that stood out, since Gary's departure, was that we were missing coverage of some specialty search topics. So, here's a quick rundown of some of the databases he's posted about recently on ResourceShelf....
Japan Mobile Phones, Signs Deal With Google To Provide Mobile Search
Gary Price spots that KDDI, a Japanese mobile operator, has signed a deal with Google to provide mobile search for au phones. The service is to begin as early as July 2006, and will enable not only mobile searches, but also be enhanced to provide search enabled services aimed at PCs....
AdWords Adds Budget Options For Ad Delivery
I reported at SER the other day that Google AdWords has added a new option under the campaign settings to allow you to select standard or accelerated delivery options. Standard ad delivery spreads your ad impressions throughout the day, in order to not use up your whole daily budget right away in the morning. The accelerated ad delivery option doesn't hold back, it just continues to display your ads, until your budget is all used up. There are more details on this new feature at the AdWords Help site. Want to discuss? Join our forum thread named Changes in the...
In Talks With China Mobile
BusinessWeek.com reports that Google and China Mobile are in talks about developing an Internet search engine for mobile devices in China. Wang Jianzhou, the chairman and chief executive of China Mobile (Hong Kong) told Business Week, "I recently met with Google's CEO for the second time. And we both share the same idea: how to turn cell phones into a new kind of Internet search engine." China Mobile is China's largest mobile carrier and is looking for ways to increase revenue per user....
- A Talk
With Vinton Cerf On Google Book Search
Leslie Walker from the Washington Post sat down with Vinton Cerf, founding father of the Internet and Google's Chief Internet Evangelist, about Google Book Search. They basically talked about Google's goal in digitizing books to make them easily findable via search. Read the article at WashingtonPost.com....
Faces Criminal Charges For Child Porn & Racial Material
News.com reports and Bloomberg.com has more detail on Brazil's Attorney General seeking to charge Google Brazil for the distribution of "child pornography and racial materials" by Orkut users, Google's social networking software....
- The New
Online Library of Alexandria
Most of the information created prior to the advent of the web is still in printed form. Fortunately, a number of groups and companies around the world are busily scanning books, magazines and other printed content so that it can be accessed with search engines. Once this content is online, the possibilities for using and mashing up the content with other types of information are just about limitless?but current copyright laws may throw a huge wrench in the whole works. In today's SearchDay article, Building the Universal Library, I've done a "review" of a terrific new essay from Wired Magazine's...
Other Things We Read, Didn't Blog But You Might Want To Read...
- ScanSafe tackles unsafe search, News.com
- Interview With Fast CEO: Mobile Search Triple-Play, paidContent
- Search Marketing Spotlight: Search is 'Element'-al for Honda, MediaPost
- AOL's Uncut Video; a YouTube copycat, but history suggests it's a long-shot, SiliconBeat
- Larry Page and Sergey Brin on Dilbert, Joseph Morin
- Yahoo sees no financial gain from ad system in '06, Reuters
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